Boats at Phi Phi Island in the morning light.
Morning (and sunshine!) came to Phi Phi island at 6:30, and Steve and I met the group for the buffet breakfast served at the Bay View resort. Everyone was in high spirits, ready for another day of diving. The breakfast was pretty good, too.
We headed out to sea, and I basked/napped in the sun on the top deck. One minute I was lying there thinking, Boy is it hot! and then next minute I was being pelted with rain, scrambling to take cover under the canopy with the others! Oh well, the sun was nice for that 30-minute stretch.
We saw another leopard shark on our first dive. The current was still strong, and the visibility hadn’t improved. Other than the shark, the dive wasn’t all that great.
The second dive was a deep wreck dive.
Edgar at the Cruiser Wreck site. Video still courtesy Paul Willetts.
It felt very dangerous, as we were swept quickly alongside the boat, which had pieces of steel and sharp-looking protrusions all over it. The fish life was amazing, and so thick! It’s the first time I have felt the visibility to actually be hindered by all the wildlife
. For a minute, we lost Edgar. I became very worried, and our guide Owen was concerned as well. This wreck would be an awful place to get lost. Owen told me and Steve to stay put and went off to find Edger, who was luckily just around the corner. Whew! I have never been so happy to see an old French guy in my life.
We came up from that dive to extremely choppy seas, and getting on the boat was a real chore. People have gotten injured when boarding in these conditions… you must be very careful to not get under the boat or the ladder, lest it slam back down on top of you.
A change in weather. Not very welcoming, is it?
It was pretty difficult, and I couldn’t get my damn fins off as I clung to the ladder, being lifted up and slammed back down. I was thinking I had had enough of this diving, when Steve said he wanted to sit the next one out. Turns out our whole group had the same opinion! Owen said, “hell, no, I am not going out there again! Go by yourselves if you must!” and Edgar was out, too. So after lunch, we all waited aboveboard as the others (newer to diving and therefore still gung-ho) got into their cold, wet suits and descended into the gray water. Paul the videographer said, “I’ll just shoot them coming out of the water” and stayed on the boat with us.
More food (delicious pancakes, cooked by a crew guy in the small galley), then it was time to go home to Phuket.
Bye bye! Steve and I sat this one out.
It was rough going! The boat slammed over the waves, and I noticed Tom looking green around the gills. Amazingly, no one got sick. Steve said he hadn’t felt well at all on the boat, but the Dramamine did its job for the most part.
Back on land, we all piled damply into another truck (which had extreme difficulty getting up the hills) and we were the first stop. We made our fond farewells to the group, and then enjoyed hot showers back at our place. So tired… I struggled to stay awake, but we both succumbed to a nap at 4:30, and didn’t wake up until 8pm! Oh boy. And here at 9pm I still feel like I am on the boat. The room is rolling around me! Motion sicknessin my apartment, hmmm... just a little souvenir of our trip to Phi Phi.